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DiamondEyes490

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About DiamondEyes490

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  • Location Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

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    Aliso Viejo
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    California

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  • Immigration Status
    Removing Conditions (approved)
  • Place benefits filed at
    National Benefits Center
  • Local Office
    Santa Ana CA
  • Country
    Cuba

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  1. We got engaged in 6 weeks after we met and married 7 months after that. Never came up during our embassy interview for CR-1 or during our ROC interview in June of this year. My husband has been in the US for almost 4 years now. Unless it's a high fraud country (which Italy is not), you have nothing to worry about.
  2. If you are transiting via Panama and the layover is less than 12 hours, he does not need a visa at all. (I did that same itinerary to T&T and a few other places with my husband a few years ago before he got his visa to come here).
  3. I didn't go through the process in Guyana either (it was Colombia then) or do K-1 (we were CR-1), so I'm not the best person to fill this out either.
  4. I think they are just trying to ban the sale directly from the US. As long as you pay via a non-US site, I think you will be fine. It'll be up to the airlines and ticket selling sites if they actually decide to comply (and even if they do, I can assure you someone else will pop up overnight). It's sad to say but I have seen it 1,000 times with anything involving getting around the Cuban embargo- the difficulty and scarcity of getting tickets, etc. mean there is a money making opportunity and people will 100% take advantage of it. Yes, people in Belarus will suffer and people who just want to see their loved ones will be punished with red tape, higher prices, etc., and I am sorry for that. (Welcome to the club...) As for the enforcement, there is like a .00001% you as an individual would see any blowback by going to Belarus or just buying the ticket. It'll be like it was with Cuba pre-Obama opening. Companies would get fined at times for violating the embargo but no individual was fined for going to Cuba as a tourist since George W. Bush's first term. It's scary and it sucks, but you will be fine aside from having a less than ideal flight itinerary.
  5. I think you missed a key paragraph: "The directive - under consideration for several weeks - is mostly symbolic since relatively few tickets are purchased for travel to Belarus from U.S.-based travel services." So I think you are fine? As someone married to a Cuban, I can tell you that a lot of these so called rules have a way around them (although it's not always cheap) and individuals very rarely see any consequences.
  6. Totally painless. I'll paste my review below for you. You'll have nothing to worry about We got out of our interview a few hours ago. It was only 10-15 mins and entirely painless. Our interviewer was a younger Asian guy who didn’t speak Spanish but he was fine with me translating a little bit when my husband needed some gaps filled in. He asked where he went when he was out of the country in May. He had a checklist of docs and asked if we had kids or a house (based on that). He then wanted joint leases, taxes, health insurance, pics, and joint accounts. He asked me what I did for a living. He asked my husband both our names, bdays, and current address. He asked about a pic of me with my mother-in-law and stepdaughter and if we had both gone to Cuba together then. Then he went off on a tangent about Cuba since he’d watched some Youtuber who went there. And boom he went to print out the approval letter. As he was typing he asked how we knew each other and if we would be petitioning for my stepdaughter in the future (I got the impression he was honestly curious). Case updated to New Card Being Produced 3 hours later.
  7. Card just arrived All done! I'm going to take a break from this site until my husband is ready English-wise for citizenship. Good luck everybody!
  8. We got out of our interview a few hours ago. It was only 10-15 mins and entirely painless. Our interviewer was a younger Asian guy who didn’t speak Spanish but he was fine with me translating a little bit when my husband needed some gaps filled in. He asked where he went when he was out of the country in May. He had a checklist of docs and asked if we had kids or a house (based on that). He then wanted joint leases, taxes, health insurance, pics, and joint accounts. He asked me what I did for a living. He asked my husband both our names, bdays, and current address. He asked about a pic of me with my mother-in-law and stepdaughter and if we had both gone to Cuba together then. Then he went off on a tangent about Cuba since he’d watched some Youtuber who went there. And boom he went to print out the approval letter. As he was typing he asked how we knew each other and if we would be petitioning for my stepdaughter in the future (I got the impression he was honestly curious). Case updated to New Card Being Produced 3 hours later.
  9. Thanks! You mentioned photocopies of the passports. Was it just biographic page they wanted?
  10. Did you both bring your passports? I (USC) made sure to put my original birth certificate in our folder but I haven't tossed in my passport.
  11. I thought that everybody in this thread would be very amused by my immigration attorney trying to convince me that getting an ROC interview is exceedingly rare and therefore I should pay him to come with us. I responded to his email with a link to the Dec 2018 change in guidelines that make CR-1s ineligible for an interview waiver 😂
  12. I managed to get our date via the online chat but the letter may have been lost by USPS. I'm curious to see what it says you should bring.
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